Hello Citizens of the Blogosphere!
For a while now, I’ve been meaning to get more serious about watercolor painting. In addition to practicing more, I also wanted to get some higher quality paints to keep me motivated. Earlier this year, I decided to buy a nice little watercolor kit as a birthday present to myself.
I wanted to find a paint set that was reasonably priced (around $30 or less), had decent quality paints, offered a wide variety of colors and was portable (for painting on the go or outside). To my surprise, there were actually quite a few paint sets that fit my criteria. In the end I finally decided to go with the Koi® Water Color Field Sketch Travel Kit made by Sakura of America.
Koi Water Color Field Sketch Travel Kit
The kit I chose comes with 24 different colors, a water brush with detachable tip, a removable mixing palette and 2 dabbing sponges. The average price of this kit is $24; I bought mine from Amazon for around $22.
(If you want to read more about this product’s specifications, Sakura of America has more detailed information on their website.)
Efficient Design: A Complete Package
Upon opening the sleek white kit, you find a detachable pallet with five seperate sections that you can use to either mix paint or hold water. Pulling off the pallet reveals 24 half-pan watercolors and a water brush with a detached tip that fits perfectly in the slot provided. On the sides of the paint are two dabbing sponges that can be used to clean off a wet brush. Every piece is intentional. Each section meticulously calculated for maximum efficiency.
What can I say? I’m a sucker for thoughtful design and this is definitely a carefully designed product. I really love how everything serves a purpose. There is even a bit of space in between the palette and the lid so that you can carry a few small sheets of watercolor paper with you. While I’ve never actually tried it myself, the box advertises that you can use the lid as a mini easel. Bravo … Sakura of America…Bravo!
So Many Colors
With the 24 color kit, you really have a lot of fun colors to play with. Some of my favorites include: Permanent Deep Green, Viridian Hue (a bluish-green), Jaune Brilliant (a peachy tone) and Vermillion Hue (a deep red/orange). Although I would have liked to see more pinks and purples, such colors were easily mixed using the colors included in the kit.
Here’s a quick (and rough) color chart that I made to keep in the lid of the kit.
Although I did like the selection of colors included in the kit, I did find that some of them lacked vibrancy. For example, several of the blues seemed fairly dull compared to some of the other colors in the kit. Moreover, many of the colors are slightly muted and opaque, as if they were kissed with a touch of white paint.
While these don’t seem to be professional quality paints, they are perfect for sketches or quick lettering projects. Moreover, they are great for practicing, which is pretty much what I was looking for.
One thing to keep in mind is that this kit is definitely advertised as a complete package. While the packaging does state that the paints are professional quality, the brand’s marketing emphasis seems to be on the product’s utility, rather than on the quality of the paints themselves.
Art Examples and Closing Statements
As of this writing, I’ve been using the product pretty regularly for a little over a month and I’m really liking it so far. I would recommend this kit to anyone who wants an intermediary between student grade and high quality professional watercolor paints.
As always, thanks so much for following my creative journey!
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